Archive | Social Engineering


28 October 2009 | 6,295 views

Facebook E-mail Spam Conceals Malware Attack

Facebook has had a fair share of problems, being a large community of course it’s going to be a ripe target for spammers, scammers and malware distributors. The latest to hit is a spam e-mail claiming to be from the Facebook team that actually spreads a nasty piece of malware called Bredolab. It’s also been [...]

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29 June 2009 | 25,511 views

Michael Jackon Spam/Malware – RIP The King Of Pop

For people of my age and generation and I’d guess for most readers of Darknet, Michael Jackson would have had a great influence on our lives. The biggest news last week was most certainly his death, as usual the bad guys were extremely quick to capitalize on this and were sending out spam within hours [...]

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22 January 2009 | 11,850 views

Using Twitter for Data Mining and Information Gathering

We’ve mentioned Twitter a few times lately as it has become a larger and larger part of the social web and the premier ‘micro-blogging’ platform. There was a recent Phishing issue on Twitter and before that Twitter Jacking and a CSRF bug that allowed auto-following. Due to the large update of Twitter, the amount of [...]

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08 December 2008 | 14,148 views

Scammers Using Asterisk VoIP Systems to Make Calls

It seems like ‘vishing‘ (basically Phishing – but utilising VoIP call services) as it’s known is getting bigger, especially since the scammers have been using a flaw in Asterisk systems that allows them to hijack the VoIP exchange. Older versions of Asterisk do have quite a number of serious flaws and it looks like scammers [...]

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06 November 2008 | 3,635 views

Malware Authors Jumping on the Obama Bandwagon

No surprise here, the malware authors are leveraging on the social engineering aspect of the US presidential elections. In less than half a day Google Adwords adverts and custom malware was popping up conning users into a sense of security by using Obama’s name. Malware purveyors have wasted no time capitalizing on Barack Obama’s landslide [...]

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26 September 2008 | 7,964 views

Brits Give Up Passwords For a £5 Gift Voucher

So it turns out you don’t need any fancy password cracking software like John the Ripper or Cain and Abel you just need a handful of £5 gift vouchers for Marks and Spencers! But we had discussed this in part before, some people will give out their passwords if you just ask, some if you [...]

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02 July 2008 | 4,730 views

Google Calendar a New Target for Phishing

It seems like the Phishing crews at trying to get some new ideas on how to con people into giving away their credentials and leaking info. The latest target appears to be Google Calendar. As always be on your guard as these scams are coming from all directions. A few months ago, spam came to [...]

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04 June 2008 | 4,676 views

‘Untraceable’ Phone Frauders Vishing for Credit Cards

Vishing, now there’s a new term for you. Basically its Phishing – but utilising VoIP call services, which makes it very easy to spoof the Caller ID. Even though Caller ID Spoofing was Made Illegal in the USA – people will still continue to do it, remember the FCC said it’s still easy to spoof [...]

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22 May 2008 | 3,584 views

Spammers Target Social Networking Sites

It makes sense, spammers will follow whatever is popular, wherever the social mass is at and reading they will bombard. In the earlier days Myspace was a big target, now they are moving on to other sites such as Facebook. Social networking sites are an ideal place for spammers as they can exploit the trust [...]

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25 April 2008 | 5,928 views

Chocolate Owns Your Passwords

The same old story, if you ask people for something they will most likely give it without thinking of the consequences.. Even more so if you are a pretty girl, and in this case you offer someone chocolate. Hey who doesn’t love chocolate? I have to say I don’t love it enough to give out [...]

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